There have been several issues as of late in which the purchasers of Latitude Exx50 series systems are unable to initialize the network driver in Windows PE.
The Latitude Exx50 series has the same Intel 217 / 218 Network Interface Controller (NIC) as the Latitude Exx40 series. However, Intel has changed the Hardware Identification (HWID) (but not the driver class) in the Latitude Exx50 series.
In most cases, the old E1D network driver (version earlier than 22.214.171.124) will have to be removed from the boot image prior to installing the newer driver (Versions 126.96.36.199 or 188.8.131.5205) due to the drivers having the same name.
The E7250 for example has a HWID of 15A2 and SUBSYS_062D1028 for the Intel 217/218 Gigabit NIC; the E1D driver 184.108.40.206 does not have that SUBSYS, however 220.127.116.1105 has the SUBSYS present.
Depending on the imaging software, the SUBSYS may or not be relevant.
Make sure you have first removed the old E1D driver and replaced it with the new E1D driver in the boot image (Figure 6):
Use Dell Command Integration Suite (DCIS) to import the latest Windows PE 5.0 CAB file to the Boot Image (Figure 7 & 8):
Search the Driver Pool for "217-LM" AND Version "12.12.50":
Categorize that driver as PEx64 (Figure 9)
Add the PEx64 categorized 12.12.50.x driver to the Boot Image (Figure 10 & 11):
Import the latest Dell WinPE CAB Package using DCIP (Figure 12 & 13):
Before (Figure 14):
After (Figure 15):
Replace the driver in the boot image (Figure 16)
Windows PE 4.0 will work by using the latest Windows PE 4.0 CAB file (A05) with the exception of replacing the E1D driver from the latest driver (Figure 17 & 18).
(in case the previous steps do not work, review DISM and use the following drivers).
DISM log is in C:\windows\logs\DISM\dism.log
Use Trace32 to view the file (the DISM log is usually very large and may take up to 3 minutes to load) (Figure 19).
More info as to why the driver is present but not loading with older (N6RY0) drivers.
DISM is unable to process the signature file and marking the file as "not boot critical"; which means it will not load automatically (or at all).
Check the DISM log file for any other "Unsigned" or "not boot critical" messages (Figure 20 & 21).
Download Network_Driver_MXH3C_WN_18.104.22.168_A09 (22.214.171.124), extract the contents to a temp directory (Figure 22).
Remove any other version of the E1D driver from the boot images.
If you have further questions about this solution, please contact Dell Technical Support.
Article ID: SLN296860
Last Date Modified: 04/19/2019 10:55 AM
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